You are probably thinking, what do these two have to do with one another? I am here to explain.
The practice of Mindfulness is an extensive one. You can practice mindfulness in any area of your life. I happen to be paying most attention to the connection between mindfulness and eating right now in my life.
To take a lesson from the french, specifically, Mireille Guiliano, a French-American author and former CEO of Clicquot, Inc.; “Eat only at the table, only sitting down. Never eat out of cartons. Use real plates and decent napkins, if you have them, to emphasise the seriousness of the activity. Eat slowly, chew properly. Do not watch television or read the paper.”
I had a quiet afternoon ahead of me. So I thought I would practice this in a serious way, with serious local food. I marinated my chicken with fresh garlic, orange juice, and good quality olive oil, salt and pepper. Grilled it and tossed it with baby spinach, fresh goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil with a bit of salt and pepper. I also poured some water with a squeeze of lemon and a glass of Domaine Ste Michelle Champagne. Yum.
It took just 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to slowly, chew, savor and enjoy the wonderful lunch. While I was sipping, I thought to myself; if this meal is so enjoyable, what else in my life am I not savoring? What other moments am I experiencing stress, rushing about, not paying attention to the present moment? And what outcome will result in my being still?
For now, please enjoy the recipe for the Goat Cheese Chicken Salad (served with or without champs!)Goat Cheese Chicken Salad (Serves 2) (2) boneless, skinless chicken breast Cherry Tomatoes Baby Spinach (1) inch of fresh Goat Cheese 1 T. lemon juice 1 T. olive oil
Whisk 1/4 cup orange juice with 2 T. olive oil, salt and pepper, 3 cloves of fresh garlic. Marinate the chicken breast for at least one hour. While the chicken is grilling, assemble the salad. Toss the spinach, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese and drizzle lemon juice and olive oil over the salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top the salad with the grilled chicken. Savor and enjoy...
And a big Thank You goes out to these local growers/vendors who made my lunch possible today!
Cremers Grocery (chicken), Fincel's (cherry tomatoes), Sid's (champagne)